Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Tent Management: Why Bother?
Re: Tent Management: Why Bother?
Tue, 17 Nov 1998 12:43:27 -0500
Bob Myers writes:
>>Tent Management: Why Bother?
>Hmmm....How about Patrol Method?
Ummm....What about Patrol Method, Bob?
Everyone seems to agree that Troop tents require active
adult intervention. Scouts that let a Troop tent rot under
their bed for a week or lose or destroy Troop property are
often faced with sanctions that block him from the Outdoor
Method and the Method of Advancement, where is that at?
To say that Your Mileage May Vary is not true. It WILL
vary, and it will vary every year. Each and every group mix
is different, so if it doesn't work one year, it may work the
next. The trick is to recruit boys who love to camp.
The only constant in life is that Scouts who LOVE to
camp want to own their own tent. Keep the price of the
campout to $10, and they will. It has nothing to do with
family income. Boys Love Toys.
The Patrol Method is not rocket science. Our SPL
makes sure that the Patrols are not allowed to camp
near each other and the boys' natural gang instinct
Patrols with their own tents depend on the resources
within the group, rather than on impressing some adult
with their maturity. This is not abstract theory, it is how
the Patrol Method works. The adult Troop Quartermaster
should be as busy as the adult Troop Maytag Repairman.
Yours in Scouting,
Buffalo NY, and a Beaver too!